Pretham Review: A tale of Mentalist

Pretham Review: A tale of Mentalist

Pretham is a Malayalam horror comedy film written and directed by Ranjith Sankar. Starring Jayasurya, Aju Varghese, Sruthi Ramachandran, Govind Padmasoorya, and Sharafudheen in the lead roles. It is co-produced by Ranjith and Jayasurya. Anand Madhusoodhan composed the music and Jithu Damodar handled the Cinematography.

It is the third collaboration of Sankar and Jayasurya after their 2013 film Punyalan Agarbattis and the 2015 film Su.. Su… Sudhi Vathmeekam

Watch the trailer of Pretham:


  • Jayasurya as John Don Bosco
  • Aju Varghese as Denny Kokken
  • Govind Padmasoorya as Shibu Majeed
  • Sharafudheen as Priya Lal
  • Pearle Maaney as Suhan Nisa
  • Sruthi Ramachandran as Clara
  • Dharmajan as Yeshu
  • Sunil Sugatha
  • Vijay Babu
  • Devan


‘Pretham’ is a horror film set in a humorous background. Denny Kokken (Aju Varghese), Shibu Majeed (Govind Padmasoorya), and Priyalal (Sharaffudheen) are long term friends from their college days. After ten years they meet again and make a decision together to continue their dream of living a life of fun and frolic. They buy a resort and started living there. One day they got to feel the some paranormal activities happening on thier reaort and followed by the coming of John Don Bosco (Jayasurya), a mentalist, one who manipulates the thoughts and behaviors of others, is a turning point in their lives. The resulting events are plotted in ‘Pretham’.


On to the Technical side, after a couple of inspirational and feel good movies, Ranjith Shankar is back with something different. The movie is a horror thriller which is wrapped in comedy background. Ranjith shankar’s style of making seems nice and intresting as always but the screenplay lags a bit on the latter half especially towards the end. Jithu Damodhar’s Cinematography was nice, all those shots of beach and that place was really beautiful. Anand Madhusoodhan’s background score stands average while the only song “Oruthikku Pinnil” were nice. Vineeth sreenivasan had sang this song on both male and female voice. Sajan Vasudev’s need special mention here, editing was really nice.

On to the Performance, Jayasurya as Mentalist John Don Bosco performed well. His acting, body language, costumes, all together mentalist John were safe in his hands.

Aju Varghese, Govind Padmasoorya, Sharafudheen played as Denny, Shibu and Priyan respectivly, who are a long term friends performed neatly, even thogh GP had nothing much to do, he done his part well. He played as one of the friend and also a Aerobics trainer, he had improved a lot from his last movies. comedies from the combo Sharafudheen and Aju Varghese were really funny. Sharafudheen’s counter comedies were the highlight, he is simply superb in delivering such counters.

Debutant Sruthi Ramachandran played  as Ghost Clara. Devan’s Principal role were nice. Dharmajan Bolgatty, Pearly Maaney, Vijay Babu, Sunil Sughadha also supported well.

In this 127 mins movie, the movie starts with the tale of 3 friends and some paranormal activities happening in thier life Followed by the Arrival of a Mentalist, and the incidents happening in their life.

Surely Pretham is something different from all normal m-wood movies and this one will make you entertain.

Bottom Line: Mentalist is a person who can read others mind from the thoughts and behaviors. don’t know whether the audience will accept the way, the mentalist finds the victim of an case which the police couldn’t.


  • Direction.
  • Performance of Jayasoorya.
  • Cinematography and editing.


  • Second half lags a bit.

Verdict: A good horror comedy thriller which can be enjoyed by friends and family.

Thirdshows Rating: 3.25/5

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